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Rinse & Repeat (keep it simple)

Founders have visions and (by default) they feel that the future world should look different and if they understand the space that they are working in, they are likely right. But there is a big gap between today’s world and their future vision and the way you get there is one step at a time. So how does this effect early stage companies? Since your capital is limited, you have to make your bet, stay...

Won’t you be my neighbor?

Lots has been written on this movie, which I would recommend you check out. A key takeaway from my perspective was how Mr. Rodgers recognized TV as a powerful form of media to reach children in ways to help them vs just pure entertainment, which at times is a race to the bottom. When I think about some of the unboxing videos on youtube that have millions of views, I see the importance of his vision and look...

What is Adaptive Learning?

As emerging technologies and methodologies reshape corporate training, one phrase “adaptive learning” is among the biggest of the buzzwords. I get asked all the time what exactly “adaptive learning” means. Most know the technology has something to do with e-learning, personalized education, micro-learning, badging, gamification, cloud-based learning, etc. But what does it really mean? How feasible is it to...

Startup journey*

I have the good fortune of meeting and spending time with early stage companies that are trying to solve big problems that can help to positively impact the world and working with a great team of partners. When in conversations, I find myself repeating the same advice, which I wanted to outline in the hope that it could be helpful for others. I am not claiming originality for any of it, as I have had and continue...

Mobile Winners

“Mobile First” has been floating around for the past few years and below is my attempt to apply thought to the best use of a rubric for business models in the mobile space. I have been teaching when to think mobile (as blanket rules like “mobile first” usually have holes in them) for the past five years at USC and I am now watching great business being built around it. My Mobile vs. Internet...

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